We will describe joint work with J.E.Andersen on the quantum SU(2)-invariants of the 3-manifolds M(p/q) obtained by surgeries on the 3-sphere along the figure 8-knot with rational surgery coefficient p/q. Our goal is to calculate the asymptotics of these invariants in the limit of large quantum level. First we obtain a complex double contour integral formula for the invariants by using Faddeev's quantum dilogarithm. This formula allows us to propose a formula for the leading large level asymptotics of the invariants. Analyzing this formula by the saddle-point method leads together with a study of the classical SU(2) Chern-Simons theory on M(p/q) to a formula for the leading asymptotics of the invariants which is in agreement with Witten's conjecture for the semiclassical approximation of the quantum SU(2)-invariants of closed oriented 3-manifolds. Thus we obtain a precise correspondence between certain critical points of certain phase functions and the moduli space of flat SU(2) connections on M(p/q): Moreover, we show that the critical values of the involved phase functions correspond to Chern-Simons invariants under this correspondence. Our analysis uses results of R.Riley and P.Kirk and E.Klassen on the involved moduli space and Chern-Simons theory.
|Title of host publication||Abstracts of Papers Presented to the American Mathematical Society|
|Volume||Volume 27, Number 1, Issue 143|
|Publisher||American Mathematical Society|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
|Event||Quantum invariants of knots and 3-manifolds : Annual meeting of the American Mathematical Society - San Antonio, Texas, USA|
Duration: 1 Jan 2006 → …
|Conference||Quantum invariants of knots and 3-manifolds : Annual meeting of the American Mathematical Society|
|City||San Antonio, Texas, USA|
|Period||01/01/2006 → …|
Hansen, S. K. (2006). Asymptotics of the quantum SU(2)-invariants for surgeries on the figure 8 knot. In Abstracts of Papers Presented to the American Mathematical Society (Vol. Volume 27, Number 1, Issue 143, pp. 156-156). American Mathematical Society.